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peacefully last night surrounded by his family. mr. mandela, became a symbol of hope around. world for his life long struggle against the apartheid system of racial segregation in his country. he spent 27 years in prison for defying that system. after his release he sought not revenge but reconciliation. mr. mandela went on to push for one of the most progressive constitutions on planet and became south africa's first democrat exly elected black president. he chronicled end of apartheid and mandela's election and serving as african correspondent for the bbc. tom, thanks for joining us today with your thoughts. and what were they when you first got the news that mandela pass ad way? >> i had a lot of emotions both at a personal level and a professional one. i had the same feelings that everyone had, this was absolute titan of the global stage whose like we'll probably never see in our lifetimes again. these sort of men only only come around everyone hundred years or some i have memories when i met him during the time i was in south africa, particularly of his personal warmth and humor. i re
. warmly welcomed at the white house. >> mr. mandela, a man who embodies the hopes of millions. >> reporter: it was bill clinton with whom he would develop the closest bond. mandela, now president of south africa, visited the white house during the darkest days of the clinton presidency. he gave his friend a boost. >> our morality does not allow us to desert our friends. >> reporter: this friendship clinton treasures to this day. >> we just hit it off. i just adored him. he was always, you know, he was a true friend. >> reporter: mandela, as an ex-president, met with george w. bush in 2005. but there was no love lost there. mandela was one of bush's harshest critics when it came to iraq. when we talked to bush about the ailing mandela earlier this year, there were no hard feelings. >> he promoted freedom. he was a really great leader. he was smart and capable. and made his mark. >> reporter: obama only met mandela once. ever so briefly as a junior senator. but his connection may be the most profound. it was mandela, he says, who awakened him to the wider world. inspiring him to political ac
of the congress, it is my great privilege and i deem it a high honor and personal pleasure to present to you mr. nelson mandela, deputy president of the african national congr s congress. >> it was a news congress back in 1990, crowds of americans, black person americans, all sorts of americans turned out in droves for the chance to be in the presence of, in the remote vicinity of men of rare courage, character and compassion. you probably heard of a bronx cheer. check out what happened when nelson mandela showed up at yankee stadium back then. >> you now know who i am. i am a yankee! [ cheers ] . >> and i don't even think a red sox fan would mind that. i speak as a red sox fan. you would never know, though, looking at that scene, for nelson mandela to be there at yankee stadium for him to stand on capitol hill and be hailed by democrats and republicans in congress. for that trip to the united states to happen back in 1990, nelson mandela had to receive a special waiver from the u.s. department of state. otherwise, he never would have been allowed in the country. that's because he was a member
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